Hours before the big reveal fans around the globe were already lining up at Tesla stores to order the luxury brand’s new affordable vehicle.
The unveiling began with a lengthy talk that covered Tesla’s dedication to the environment and their journey to affordability. Following this the company’s chief executive Elon Musk then dramatically revealed a red, silver and matte black model of the electric car. Musk stated that the five-seater Tesla Model 3 would start at $35,000 (£24,423) and have a range of at least 215 miles (346km) per charge.
He added that his goal was to produce about 500,000 vehicles a year once production got up to full speed.
Elon Musk also said ‘At Tesla, we don’t make slow cars’. He revealed the Model 3 will be able to go zero to 60mph in less than six seconds. That’s fast.
The first deliveries of the vehicle are scheduled to start in late 2017. The Model 3 can be ordered in advance in dozens of countries, including the UK, Ireland, Brazil, India, China and New Zealand.
What we learned from the Telsa Model 3 Unveiling:
- Model 3 is 20 per cent smaller than Tesla’s Model S
- The Model 3 has a continuous pane of glass in the roof for ‘openness’
- It fits five adults ‘comfortably’ and has more cargo room than similar sized, petrol-powered vehicles
- More than 115,000 Model 3s were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours and they will begin shipping at the end of 2017
- The car is half the baseline price of the Model S and goes 0 to 60mph in less than six seconds